Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> Well after practice ended on Thursday, second-year guard D’Angelo Russell sat for a talk with Lakers associate coach Brian Shaw. Russell later stood up to listen to Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka.Throughout those discussions, one common message emerged on what they want to see from Russell.“Be aggressive, no matter what my role is,” Russell said. “Just be aggressive.”If only that were all the Lakers needed to turn some defeats into victories. The Lakers trailed 84-74 with 36 seconds left in the third quarter at the time of the ejections. They could have used Russell and Young in crunch time, but the Lakers at least showed more effort than in their 28-points loss to Denver on Monday and their 39-point defeat in Houston on Wednesday.The Lakers cut the Bucks’ lead to 99-93 with 4:54 left before going nearly 3-1/2 minutes without a field goal. With 7.9 seconds left, Lakers forward Julius Randle made one of two foul shots to cut the Bucks’ lead to 103-100. The Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson made a 3-pointer to cut the gap to 105-103 with 1.6 seconds left, but Middleton made a pair of foul shots on the next possession.Randle endured an odd night, grabbing 12 rebounds but scoring just four points on 1-of-6 shooting and turning the ball over five times, but the Lakers got contributions from others.Zubac had 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting and eight rebounds after playing only 10 minutes against Houston because of foul trouble. Young had 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting two days after going scoreless against the Rockets. Nance added 13 points after logging only eight minutes against Houston.Most of the attention, though, has centered on the Lakers’ backcourt shuffle. Clarkson started at point guard for the third consecutive game, and had 21 points and two assists on 8-of-20 shooting in 38 minutes.Walton has stressed he is starting Clarkson at the expense of Russell for reasons that have nothing to do with either players’ performance. With the Lakers out of playoff contention, Walton wants to evaluate lineup combinations he has not used. Walton also said he plans to start Russell and Clarkson together at some point.“I’m sure there’s frustration,” Walton said. “But (Russell’s) been good and has been getting his work in before practice and still getting it in (after shootaround). There’s no pouting or no bad behavior or anything like that.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers lost to the Milwaukee Bucks, 107-103, on Friday at Staples Center, their fourth in a row and 12th in the past 13 games. But, coming off the bench for a third straight game, Russell looked more aggressive attacking the basket, creating open shots and setting up teammates. He finished with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, two assists and two turnovers in 21 minutes.“I want him to be aggressive,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said beforehand. “I want him to be really aggressive, even more so right now while he’s coming off the bench. That doesn’t mean he’s coming to shoot every time. But aggressive as far as pushing the ball, getting in the lane and every time he’s coming off of picks and playmaking as a way to get himself into the game quicker.”The Lakers (20-49) weren’t aggressive enough to stop Milwaukee (34-34) from scoring 54 points in the paint. Bucks forward Khris Middleton (30 points) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (26) led that assault, but the Lakers were aggressive when it came time to stand up for each other after a contentious play late in the third quarter.With Lakers guard Nick Young going up for a fast-break layup, Milwaukee guard Malcom Brogdon blocked the ball from behind before making contact with Young’s right shoulder. After Young pushed back, Bucks center Greg Monroe hit Young above the neck. After Young retaliated on Monroe, Russell, Brandon Ingram and Larry Nance Jr. separated Monroe from Young. After Monroe struck Ingram’s neck, Lakers rookie center Ivica Zubac pushed Monroe.Officials reviewed video replay for several minutes before ejecting Young, Monroe and Russell for escalating the scuffle. Young was given a technical, while Russell and Monroe received double technicals.